Beef Cattle Production and Trade

Edited by David Cottle and Lewis Kahn
September 2020
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  • Publisher
    CSIRO Publishing
  • Published
    24th September 2020
  • ISBN 9781486313891
  • Language English
  • Pages 584 pp.
  • Size 8" x 10"
  • Images 96 color photos, 41 graphs, 23 line art images

NEW in paperback.
Beef Cattle Production and Trade covers all aspects of the beef industry from paddock to plate. It is an international text with an emphasis on Australian beef production, written by experts in the field.

The book begins with an overview of the historical evolution of world beef consumption and introductory chapters on carcass and meat quality, market preparation and world beef production. North America, Brazil, China, South-East Asia and Japan are discussed in separate chapters, followed by Australian beef production, including feed lotting and live export.

The remaining chapters summarize R&D, emphasizing the Australian experience, and look at different production systems and aspects of animal husbandry such as health, reproduction, grazing, feeding and finishing, genetics and breeding, production efficiency, environmental management and business management.

The final chapter examines various case studies in northern and southern Australia, covering feed demand and supply, supplements, pasture management, heifer and weaner management, and management of internal and external parasites.


  • Provides an overview of world beef consumption and production, meat quality and preparation for market.
  • Contains an emphasis on Australian beef production, and summaries of beef production in North America, Brazil, China, SE Asia and Japan.

"It is essential reading for someone with beef cattle or those interested in starting a beef enterprise."

Grass Roots, June/July 2014

List of contributors
1: Beef consumption: historical overview, recent trends and contemporary attitudes
2: Beef processing and carcass and meat quality
3: Market preparation
4: World beef production
5: North American beef production
6: Brazilian beef production
7: Chinese and south-east Asian cattle production
8: Japanese beef production
9: Northern Australian beef production
10: The Southern Australian beef industry
11: Australian feedlot industry
12: Live cattle export industry
13: Biosecurity and beef cattle health, husbandry and welfare
14: Reproductive management of beef cattle
15: Grazing and pasture management and utilisation in Australia
16: Growing and finishing beef cattle at pasture and in feedlots
17: Genetics and breeding
18: Production efficiency
19: Environmental management
20: Beef business management
21: Australian beef cattle case studies

David Cottle

David Cottle has worked in tertiary education at Charles Sturt University, Lincoln University, New Zealand, and the University of New South Wales. He was a Division Manager at the Wool Research Organisation of New Zealand from 1998 to 2003. He returned to Australia in 2003 to take up the Chair of Sheep and Wool Science at the University of New England and was the Education Program Leader in the Sheep CRC until 2007, Associate Dean Teaching and Learning from 2006 to 2008 and Deputy Chair of Academic Board from 2008 to 2010. His research interests include feed use efficiency in grazing sheep and cattle. He is working with Proway Livestock and Sapien Technology to develop multi-bin feed systems that control and record individual animal supplement intakes and can be used to estimate pasture intake.

Lewis Kahn

Lewis Kahn is a partner in Agricultural Information and Monitoring Services which provides independent consulting services to improve the productivity of the livestock industry and the natural resource condition of grazing lands. He is also an Associate Professor in Animal Science, University of New England, investigating issues to improve the health, reproductive success and grazing management of sheep and beef cattle.

beef consumption; beef processing; carcass; meat quality; market preperation; beef industry; husbandry; feedlot; live export; finishing; heifer; weaner